Water / Irrigation and Canal Control

What We Do

Campbell Scientific offers systems for unattended, automated monitoring and control of diversions, canals, and laterals. Our systems help you manage water distribution by measuring water level or flow, and controlling gates, pumps, and other devices based on time of day, conditions, or measured parameters. In addition to two-way wireless communication, Campbell systems can initiate alarms and report changing conditions via cellphones or pagers. Each system can be customized for your particular requirements. Learn more

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Most of the systems we sell are customised. Tell us what you need and we'll help you configure a system that meets your exact needs.

More Details about Our Irrigation and Canal Control Systems

Dataloggers for Canal Control

Campbell Scientific systems are cost-effective. We build dataloggers that have wide operating temperature ranges and directly interface to a large variety of sensors. Our loggers feature low power consumption and can operate using batteries that are recharged with solar panels or ac power. They can even operate directly from alkaline D-cell batteries.

Versatility allows programmable scan rates, measurement types, and data recording intervals. Onsite data reduction is accomplished using onboard mathematical and statistical algorithms. You can choose the units (cfs, psi, feet, inches, meters) in which you want your data reported or stored. As your electronic monitoring program grows, our dataloggers are expandable using multiplexers and other peripherals. Additional stations are easily added to a network.


Many new regulations require measurement of water quality and meteorological parameters. We can help you add these sensors to your gauging stations, or instrument new sites using single parameter or multiple-parameter probes.


You can view what's happening at your gauging stations or diversions from one screen at your home or office computer, or call the station(s) from your vehicle. We offer multiple telecommunication options to transmit data. Our standard options include satellite (DCP), RF, telephone, cellphone, and voice-synthesized phone, but we can also do SCADA and microwave systems. Communication devices can be used together, such as phone-RF combinations, or RF sites being used as repeaters for stations farther away from your base station. We can help you determine what will work best for your application.


We provide software to simplify the entire monitoring and control process, from programming to data retrieval, data display, and data analysis. Our software automates data collection from one or many monitoring stations. Real-time or historical data can be viewed easily, or exported as ASCII files for further processing by spreadsheets, databases, or analysis programs. Robust error-checking ensures your data arrives uncorrupted. We can even help you post your data to the Internet for all interested parties to view.

Measuring Level

Because not every site is the same, our dataloggers can measure multiple types of sensors. Whether measuring water level in a stilling well with a shaft encoder or on a river with a bubbler, we can help you match accuracy and reliability requirements to your budget. Multiple channel types enable our dataloggers to read nearly every commercially available sensor, allow stations to be customized for each installation, and let you take advantage of sensors that you may already own. For new installations, we offer a variety of water level sensors that feature low drift and high reliability.

Case Studies

Utah: Rural Irrigation
Horseshoe Irrigation is a small rural irrigation company in central Utah, managing approximately 15,000 water shares......read more
Emery County, UT: Water Conservation District
In an era when water is becoming a precious resource, the Emery Water Conservancy District......read more
Argentina: Hydro-Meteorological Network
In a country as large as Argentina, monitoring growing conditions in different agricultural regions is......read more

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  1. Most Campbell Scientific systems are built from individual components. This provides maximum flexibility for our customers, but it does not lend itself to pricing a "typical" system. Contact Campbell Scientific for assistance in pricing a system to meet the unique needs of the application.

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